RCMP say that there was a major accident near Collins Road between Grand Forks and Christina Lake on Sept. 6.
Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison of the Grand Forks RCMP said that the incident took place at 10:24 a.m. and it appears as if a brown 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup, headed east on Highway 3, was struck by a 2011 grey Hyundai Accent.
“A 61-year-old male from Vancouver lost control of his (Hyundai Accent), swerved into the oncoming lane, which caused the collision, and he was charged with failing to keep his vehicle to the right,” Harrison explained.
He said that an ambulance attended the scene and there were no life-threatening injuries to either the driver of the Accent or the driver and passengers of the Silverado – two adults and a two-month-old infant.
“There were minor injuries (to the two) and the child
appeared to be fine,” said Harrison, adding that the highway was closed down to single-lane traffic for a short period of time. The RCMP’s West Kootenay Traffic Services assisted with the investigation at the scene.
“There was a lot of damage but again, it’s fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed,” the Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. said, adding that the estimated damage done was well in excess of $5,000.
Garage fire still under investigation
On Sept. 11, a garage on 19th Street with a car inside, along with a travel trailer, went up in flames.
Grand Forks Fire Chief Blair Macgregor said that no injuries occurred, as the trailer and vehicle were both empty and no one was around.
The car, travel trailer and garage were all considered total losses and Macgregor said that the incident is still under investigation.